Latest Articles in Commercial Glass

  • Strong personnel relationships build better businesses
    Business leaders often say people are their number one asset. People make business run. The industry is feeling this need for people now more than ever as demand is up, but the labor shortage and struggle to keep top-quality employees continues. Additional resources to download5 Dysfunctions of a Team Best Practices for Effective Feedback Developing Others Three Perceptual PositionsEnsuring...
  • Above: Viwinco employees showcase the company’s products to students at the company's facility. Viwinco hosted eighth-grade students from the local middle school. Below right: A student records video at the Viwinco facility. Student participants in the "What's so cool about manufacturing?" program create short documentaries about their site visits, which are then submitted online for judging....
  • This year’s show in Atlanta will bring together the entire supply chain to network to solve problems, discuss trends and improve the industry
    Top 3 Reasons to Attend GlassBuild AmericaAndrew Haring, vice president of business development for show organizer, the National Glass Association, summarizes the top three reasons to attend GlassBuild America this September in Atlanta. “Everything you liked about GlassBuild America will still be there, but there will be so many new things this year, how it’s presented and content,” he says. “If...
  • From glass contractor to building enclosure builder
    The Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C., built by Hensel Phelps in 2016, brought together multiple building façade systems into a single integrated building enclosure.For commercial glass contractors, the last couple of years have provided a multitude of changes and challenges. Façade systems are more integrated, material and labor costs are increasing, and design responsibility is...
  • As performance requirements and technology possibilities increase, avoiding unnecessary complexity is key
    In the world of architecture and design, simplicity is one of the most desired traits. Simple design means design that’s intentional but has an air of effortlessness. Design that has just enough elements to form something complete and beautiful; to add more might ruin it. Applying the concept of simplicity can be highly effective not just in the designed places glass products are being used, but...
  • Best practices when hiring temporary employees from labor pools or staffing companies
    The Bottom LineWhen using temporary labor from staffing companies or labor pools, clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the primary employer and the host employer. Not doing so could result in a joint-employer status and thus joint liabilities. Like many trades, glass and glazing companies find themselves in a tight market for quality labor. This prospect shows no signs of loosening...
  • AAMA 501.9 calls for curtain wall condensation testing before installation
    The Bottom LineAAMA 501.9 is a new test method from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association for verifying the performance of the design and installation of curtain wall systems. Keep watch for references to AAMA 501.9 in specifications for preconstruction wall mockups.   Given possible liability consequences, manufacturers and contractors are well advised to verify the...
  • The Glass Advocate | Education, Advocacy and Technical Content from the NGA
    2018 Old Guard Reunion attendees, who tout more than 800 years of collective glass industry experienceNewcomers to glass fabrication can access quality education in many ways—seminars on best practices, hands-on training or online learning, need-to-know information in trade publications, or networking on trade show floors. One stand-out source of glass industry education, however, is one-on-one...
  • Need-to-know information from the NGA
    Crowds at the 2018 GlassBuild America GlassBuild? GlassBuild. What is GlassBuild America? Is it a products show? Is it an educational conference? Is it a networking event? Is it a tourism ploy from the Atlanta Visitor Bureau? Perceptions are many in terms of what the event is and who it’s for. My answer: It’s all that...and more (maybe minus the tourism ploy).I’ve seen it as an...
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made waves in April when he announced plans to limit use of glass in buildings as part of the city’s Green New Deal. “We are going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore,” de Blasio said.  Initial media reports were jarring. “NYC’...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
  • Read about the winners
    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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